Weekly Meal Plan September 21-25

Sometime within the first few weeks of school we have our “Meet the Teacher” night. It’s a time for parents to come into the classroom, see where their child spends the majority of the day and meet the people who they are partnering with for the success of their child.

What’s funny about Meet the Teacher night, is that there really is not much to talk about with new parents. You have a great time connecting with the parents of the kids you taught in previous years, but with new parents, the conversation usually goes something a little like this:

“Hi, we are_________’s parents”

“Hi, nice to meet you. I am Mrs. Skinner. Thanks for coming tonight.”

“So, how’s she (or he) doing?” is always the next question.

I used to stumble over this question a bit when I first started teaching, thinking that I had to share some groundbreaking information about their child the progress they were making,  but no longer.

“Well, we are only 7 school days in.” I usually start with “So we are busy setting routines and reviewing. So far so good.”

I like to have a little work on the desks so parents can get a sense of what we do in our classroom every day and usually I like to have some art up for the kids to share.

My friend Angie found this great project this year and shared it with me and I thought it was perfect for Meet the Teacher night!

Student Self Portraits

We started with a lesson on drawing faces and proportions and then the kids got creative!

Student Self Portraits

It is so fun to watch them work on this stuff and see how they view themselves.

Student Self Portraits

And let me tell you, they were so excited for their parents to see our room! The excitement at the end of the day once they were up was almost overwhelming.

I had a great turnout and met some incredible parents. Like I have said before, it is going to be a great year!

Here is what we are eating next week:

BorschtReuben CupcakesWonton SoupTacosFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Bacon
  • Beets
  • Beef broth x 2
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Dill
  • Wonton wrappers
  • Corned beef
  • Sauerkraut
  • Laughing cow cheese
  • Swiss cheese
  • Thousand Island dressing
  • Ground pork
  • Minced garlic
  • Minced ginger
  • Green onion
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Stir fry veggies
  • Chicken broth x 2
  • Ground beef
  • Peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Taco shells
  • Taco seasoning


One of my friend’s at work brought me a whole bag of beets from her garden. Since our garden didn’t produce ANYTHING this year, it was nice to have some produce given to me. Borscht seems like a good way to use them up!



I was on a meat cupcake roll last week and it is continuing this week. Partly too, I am trying to use up stuff in my fridge and there is a half eaten jar of sauerkraut taunting me…

Reuben Wonton Cupcakes


With all those left over wonton wrappers I am going to make wonton soup! It takes a little bit of work, but it is totally worth it.

Wonton Soup


Something simple as the week winds down. Tacos are easy and yummy. You could even use this oven method if you want to try something different.

Oven Tacos


Weekly Meal Plan September 15-19

Last week was a busy week. I didn’t get a chance to share all the great meals that I made because I made them in a hurry and forgot to document them with photos. So here’s the low down:

1. Chicken Sausage Spaghetti Squash- Decent. I made it with a garlic ham sausage and jarred pasta sauce. It was easy and tasted pretty good.  When you have about a million spaghetti squash, it’s nice to have some options.

2. Baked Chicken Quinoa Casserole- This takes a while to make and to bake, but it is well worth it. Absolutely delicious! Next time I’ll use jarred pasta sauce instead of plain tomato sauce to give it more flavor.

Baked Chicken and Quinoa Chili

At school, as an introduction to writing, my students have been working on a poster filled with information all about themselves. On Wednesday we worked on the section titled “Meet My Hero”. I modeled the writing process by writing about one of my favorite teachers and then asked the kids to talk to each other about who they could write about. When we came back together to share I got a lot of the standard answers: Mom, Dad, various teachers and pop stars.

Then one of my little girls raised her hand.

“I’m trying to decide between John Cabot and Albert Einstein.” she said.

“Wow, that’s a tough decision…” I responded.

She ended up writing about John Cabot and I had a great story to share with her parents at Meet the Teacher Night.

With another week under our belts, here is what I have planned for the week ahead:


Baked Chicken FlautasMini LasagnasSpaghetti Squash Broccoli Mac and CheeseWon Ton SoupFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Meatballs for won ton soup
  • Chicken broth
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Ginger
  • Stir fry veggies
  • Won ton wrappers
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Broccoli
  • Butter or margarine
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Cheese (cheddar and mozzarella)
  • Parmesan
  • Chicken
  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Poblano pepper
  • Corn
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Flour tortillas
  • Ground beef
  • Italian seasoning
  • Mushrooms
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Pasta sauce



This seems like it will be a very simple meal. I was lucky to find poblano peppers at my local grocery store too.


I have made these before and they were really good. I should have some left over to freeze for another dinner down the road.



I have continued to search for different ways to use up the spaghetti squash from the garden. This looks like it will be cheesy and delicious.


This has been on the menu for weeks and I just never get around to it. I will have an open package won ton wrappers so I’ll have no choice but to go through with this meal.